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    Default Have been given Ranitidine for reflux?

    Hi all... FTM, 20, 28 weeks...
    Just wanted to ask some opinions... I am suffering really bad reflux.. I had it before I fell pregnant but now it's unbearable.. My hubby suffers it also and has to take somac every day, so when I'm up at night almost crying because of it he's very understanding..
    Anyway, I've been into the drs about it a few times.. I was taking quickeze but (too much magnesium or something) the midwife recommended Gaviscon, my OB said liquid milanta, and my most recent appointment with my share care dr gave me a prescription for Ranitidine.. Now, I'm very particular about what I put in my body.. Especially medication wise and so so so much more now that I'm pregnant.. So of course I looked up the medicine.. I am not going to be taking it and I'll tell you why..
    There have been some studies done, but not enough human trials to rule out adverse affects on the growing baby. Although they have ruled it out in animal studies.. The medication does cross over the placenta and is dispersed in breastmilk.. She did inform me that the chemist may advise against it because it hasn't been tested on millions and millions of pregnant women.. When I looked it up, it's closer to about 3 thousand human test subjects..
    My question to you is, should my dr be allowed to prescribe me something like this without giving me this information? I mean, I only know this because I looked it up.. How many others have just taken the Drs word?

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    We use ranitidine as our pre-op meds before caesareans.

    Have a chat to your obstetrician and see what other options there are.

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    I've taken it in both my pregnancies and have 2 healthy babies. It's personal preference, I didn't take it a lot this pregnancy because I didn't need it but last pregnancy I lived on it.

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    I've taken it in both pregnancies with no adverse effects. Medication studies for pregnant women are tricky to do (pregnant women aren't likely to sign up for research trials!) so the effects aren't often studied directly in order for the drug company to be able to say it is 100% safe. Ranitidine is category B1 so as you have said no adverse effects have been found (and therefore very commonly prescribed). It often ends up being a risk vs benefit decision so it's worth talking to your doctor/midwife/pharmacist further if you are concerned.

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    I took ranitidine while I was pregnant. I usually take somac for GORD. I would have the gaviscon dual action, and the ranitidine a couple of times a day at least. If I didn't, I literally couldn't cope. I still had horrible heartburn while taking the medications.

    I also took ondansetron while pregnant, and from memory I think it may be a similar classification as ranitidine. Without it, I would have spent most of my time in the bathroom floor, and then been hospitalised because of dehydration.

    For me, I couldn't function without the medications, and would have needed further intervention without them. The benefit outweighed any small risks.

    I'm also now on an antidepressant while breastfeeding. It crosses into the breast milk, but I am definitely better with the meds, and therefore DS is better off. That said, I do what I can to minimise the already miniscule amount he gets through breast milk.

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    I took rainitidine (Zantac) whilst pregnant with my son, chronic reflux, I always have got it but it magnifies when I am pregnant, I've thrown up in my sleep before. I personally felt confident in my dr (has been our dr for 13 years) so took the medication but if you are worried you can keep trying to find other things to soothe it like milk etc (however I found this massively exacerbated my pain).

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    I also took Zantac this pregnancy as was at the vomiting from reflux stage. It made a huge difference. I tried both the 24hr tab or split to 2 12hr tabs depending on how my relfux was. Very healthy bub born


 

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